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Fastnet 450: 16 Entries & Counting for New Dublin to Cork Offshore Sailing Race

10th August 2020
The National Yacht Club's Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie, with multi-dinghy champion Noel Butler on the tiller, is the latest entry into the Fastnet 450 on August 22nd The National Yacht Club's Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie, with multi-dinghy champion Noel Butler on the tiller, is the latest entry into the Fastnet 450 on August 22nd Photo: Afloat

John O'Gorman's Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie from the National Yacht Club is the latest entry into Ireland's newest offshore sailing race.

With 12 days to go to the start of the inaugural Fastnet 450 Race from Dublin to Cork via the Fastnet Rock, SCORA organisers are reporting a 16-boat fleet already assembled since entry opened at the weekend.

The fact that there has been such disappointment over the cancellation of the Round Ireland Race, WAVE Regatta and the ICRA Nationals may attract more entries to August 22nd's novel event that does not feature any shoreside activity. As a result, it is certainly living up to its 'pop-up' moniker with the National Yacht Club and Royal Cork all behind the SCORA efforts to launch the race in record time.

Andrew Algeo's J99 Juggerknot II is among the ISORA entries from Dublin entered into the Fastnet 450. Also in is the weekend ISORA Race five winner More MischiefAndrew Algeo's J99 Juggerknot II is among the ISORA entries from Dublin entered into the Fastnet 450. Also in is the weekend ISORA Race five winner More Mischief (Grzegorz Kalinecki) Photo: Afloat

As Afloat's WM Nixon related at the weekend, the Fastnet 450 is a modern-day re-enactment of a Victorian race in a year that marks special 150th and 300th anniversaries for the NYC and RCYC respectively.

Some of Ireland's top offshore boats were early sign-ups after 21 registered an interest when news of the new race broke last week on August 2nd.

Ronan O Siochru's (pictured centre) Sunfast 37 Desert Star from the Irish Offshore Sailing School Ronan O Siochru's (pictured centre) Sunfast 37 Desert Star from the Irish Offshore Sailing School Photo: Afloat

The top four overall from the weekend's ISORA race from Dun Laoghaire are all now racing to Cork, one of the latest entries also being Ronan O Siochru's Sunfast 37 Desert Star from the Irish Offshore Sailing School.

As Afloat previously reported, Cian McCarthy's 3300 Cinnamon Girl from Kinsale Yacht Club plus, Howth's Samaton and the J109 Indian are also now officially entered.

Download the Notice of Race here and entry form here.

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Fastnet 450

The South Coast of Ireland Racing Association, in association with the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay and the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork will stage the first edition of this race from Dun Laoghaire to Cork Harbour via the Fastnet Rock on August 22nd 2020.

The IRC race will start in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday 22nd August 2020 and pass the Muglin, Tuscar, Conningbeg and Fastnet Lighthouses to Starboard before returning to Cork Harbour and passing the Cork Buoy to Port, finishing when Roches’s Point bears due East. The course is specifically designed to be of sufficient length to qualify skippers and crew for the RORC Fastnet Race 2021.

The clubs have combined forces to mark their anniversary celebrations, it being the 150th anniversary of the National Yacht Club and 300th (Tricentenary) of the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

At A Glance – Fastnet 450 Race

The first edition of this 270-nautical mile race starts from the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay on August 22nd 2020 and finishes in Cork Harbour

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